Life and Legacy
Addie Barbara Williams Washington was born on September 2, 1938, to parents Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Alberta Williams, Sr., in Metcalfe, Mississippi. She was doubly blessed to have also been co-parented by her godparents Mr. John L. Smith and Mrs. Kate Smith.
Addie attended Metcalfe Elementary, O’Bannon Middle School, and Sacred Heart High School in Greenville, Mississippi. At an early age, she confessed Christ and was baptized at Christian Light M.B. Church in Metcalfe, Mississippi.
At the young age of 19, she moved to Tallulah, Louisiana, with her aunt and uncle, Mr. Charlie and Mrs. Inez Trimble, in pursuit of a new journey.
Shortly after, she met a tall, intelligent gentleman, Mr. Ben Washington; they fell in love and soon married. Ben and Addie lovingly raised a blended family of seven children. During this time, she also met lifelong friends who became extended family.
Addie helped to nurture and raise the four sons of Mr. James and Mrs. Patricia Powers: Bo, Pete, Donnie, and Kenny, all of whom she loved dearly and became an extension of her family.
Her husband, Ben, encouraged her to attend night school to become a certified nursing assistant. After earning her certification, she became employed at Mercy Hospital in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and later Delta Haven Nursing Home in Tallulah, Louisiana. She also served in the capacity of a midwife.
Addie was a devoted and faithful member of New Light M.B. Church, having served under the leadership of five pastors. She was a dedicated servant; for many years she served on the food committee, sang in the choir, taught Sunday School, assisted with the Youth Department, and wherever else she was needed to serve.
Addie was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. The love she had for her children and grands was unselfishly extended to other children and families in the neighborhood and community. She attempted to be a mother and friend to those in need who God placed in her pathway. She often said her home may have not been the biggest, but it was full of love!
God blessed Addie with the gift of cooking and sharing. She opened her home to many who were in need of a meal or a safe place to rest their head. A few of her most-requested staples were dressing, angel eggs, sweet potato pie, carrot cake, hot tamales, mustard greens, cornbread, and candied sweet potatoes. She loved to praise God by singing, reading her bible, especially the Book of Revelation, calling to check on family and friends consistently, praying for others, and being a friend.
At the blessed age of 82, on Sunday morning, December 20, 2020, our beloved Addie B. transitioned to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to live an eternal life.
Addie leaves behind to rejoice, cherish, and praise God in her transition: her children, Debra Ann Williams, Michael (Linda) Washington, Kelvin (Shelia) Washington, and Tamieka (Albert) Williams; one goddaughter, Verlinda Montgomery; three adopted sisters, Mary Jean (Jimmy) Foster, Helen Cartwright, and Connie (Melvin) Robinson; one adopted brother, Larry (Jherri) Jones; one sister-in-law, Patricia Williams; one great-aunt, Carrie Williams; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of adopted sons, adopted daughters, adopted grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins whom she loved dearly.
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